Chicago Eats – Owl and Lark

I’ve found heaven on earth ladies and gentlemen and it’s called Owl and Lark. Located in the La Grange (Chicagoland) area this cute little spot is the perfect combination of quick bites and sit down staples. After seeing tons of hype about this place on social media, I knew I had to make my way towards it.

The menu at Owl and Lark really took me by surprise. They had salads, smoothies and bowls, dairy-free options, and a variety of different breads to choose from for your avocado toast. Which by the way, is the bomb diggity.

I ordered a 16 oz matcha latte with oat milk (considerably my new obsession). Oat milk gives the drink a natural flavor. To me, it’s like an upgraded version of regular milk. It was light and flavorful + the perfect amount of sweetness. Totally frothy and blended together nicely. I loved it!

To compliment my hot beverage, I also splurged on the pumpernickel bread avocado toast. The avocado wasn’t too overwhelming – it was evenly spread across and topped with pickled onions, red pepper flakes, arugula, and watermelon radish. The watermelon radish atop everything was, to be honest, a bit much. I was intimidated at first but after a few bites, that fear was gone and filled with flavor!

Besides the wonderful food and drinks this place had, I also just have to briefly touch on the atmosphere. This gem was bright, filled with character, and modern with a tiny amount of rustic flair. If my personality and style was a coffee shop, it would be this.

Owl and Lark, thanks for creating such an adorable place for my hubby and I to have lunch. Everything about our experience was perfect and I’ll 100% be back for more! Friends, if you live in the Chicagoland area, put this spot on your list to visit! I promise you will not regret it!

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Sweets, Shopping + Coffee

Sweets on treats on coffee and cute home decor?! Yes, please. I have the uncontrollable urge to yell “BRUH” at the top of my lungs because seriously let me tell you how adorable this tiny bakery and boutique is. I know I say this about everything I post on my site but…I’m obsessed.

I guess I should probably tell you where you can find these dime pieces right?! Downtown Grayslake (hidden in the Lake County, IL area) is the residing location of both these amazing places. Cacao Sweets & Treats is a bakery filled with cupcakes, cookies, breads, delicious coffees, and so much more! The old-fashioned, rustic, yet elegant decor resembles boards pulled straight out of Pinterest. The floors, the seating, the calligraphy – every detail is simply put, pretty.

On the opposite end of the building, around an alley, is the equally stylish boutique filled with home decor and gifts. Blacksmith & Co. is a recent addition to this little town but it definitely doesn’t seem to have trouble fitting in. You can see the correlation between the bakery and the owner’s vision for the store. Each are unique in their own way but have similar characteristics such as natural elements like plants, woods, and antique style furnishings. This spot will definitely be on my list to visit during the Holiday season!

Here are a few photos just in case you want a feel of what they have to offer…

Cute huh?! These are the November vibes I’ve been looking for. I wanna know, what’s your favorite boutique, coffee shop, or small town destination?! Leave a comment below telling me where you’ve been loving to visit!

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